What Comes Next

This post is inspired by:

“Athletics lasts for such a short period of time. It ends for people. But while it lasts, it creates this make-believe world where normal rules don’t apply. We build this false atmosphere. When it’s over and the harsh reality sets in, that’s the real joke we play on people. . . . Everybody wants to experience that superlative moment, and being an athlete can give you that. It’s Camelot for them. But there’s even life after it.” 

Hi there! After a world-wind week, I sit here again, blogging. A new favorite activity of mine, along with working on my two online classes, and actually working. These past two weeks have been a little difficult for me as I got a terrible cold and missed work. While some people like sick days, I on the other hand, don’t even enjoy days off. Days off always (well, not always) get me into trouble someway or another. So, over the last few days, I laid low, which to me, involves lots of TV, and lots of tea.

Ever heard of the show Friday Night Lights? Of course you have! If you’re unfamiliar with the show itself, take a second to view this clip. The show follows a high school football team in Texas. Before Kyle Chandler won our hearts over as Eric Taylor, Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black won our hearts over in the movie. I remember seeing the movie in 2005 shortly after it came out when I was snowboarding with friends at Sunday River. The thing that attracted to me to the film, and then the TV show was the concept of what comes next. This notion is expressed beautifully in the original Friday Night Lights, a novel by H.G Bissinger which dives into the characters, history of the town, and the pressure that comes along with sports.

The quote above had me intrigued. Athletes produce an amount of greatness that is seen on TV, and read about in newspapers everyday. Some overcome challenges to achieve their dreams, while others face challenges that destroy their dreams. This particular quote comes from H.G Bissinger, who managed to write one of the best sports novels according to Sports Illustrated.

Sports and athletes work together tirelessly to produce the same outcome, where hope comes alive on television, and one sees the greatness in another; even if it’s only for 4 quarters. It’s those 4 quarters that make us realize why sports are important — to the viewer, and the player. To the viewer, as previously stated, they get to see the greatness, and feel the hope of their home team potentially winning. To the player, well, they experience the greatness, as well as the pride, and the multitude that becomes a sense of urgency to win, and to be the best. When all the applause and praise goes away however, I wonder what happens next to these players? Do they just disappear without a trace, or do the lessons they learn on the field follow them, and help them become a better person?

Well, yes it would be easy to say the latter, that by playing sports, one becomes a better version of themselves, works hard, understands the pride and accomplishment of winning, but also learns the gracefulness of losing.

We all know how bitter one can get if they disappear without a trace..


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